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What's Happening at Devereux California … July 2018

Hello Families and Friends of Devereux,

The 2018-2019 budget of the state of California has been approved. Overall, the budget made no significant changes for the disability services community; yet, significant gaps remain between needs and available services.

However, I am pleased to report that (as part of the budget), the implementation of the 14-day holiday schedule for day programs has been delayed for one year. This postponement is good news for Devereux California, as the 14-day holiday schedule essentially equates to a rate cut for our organization. The California Disability Services Association (CDSA), our trade organization, will continue to fight again next year for the elimination of the 14-day holiday schedule and half-day billing language, as well as make the case for additional funding until the rate study is implemented.

In a positive move, the budget calls for $25 million to increase wages of direct support professionals in high-cost areas. This action is designed to offset local minimum wage ordinances. Note: Santa Barbara does not have this local minimum wage ordinance. The budget also allows individuals in the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) program to be eligible for the CalFresh food stamp program, which is great news! And while we hoped the restoration of social recreation and camping would be included in this year’s budget, we will work on this next year.

On a separate issue, I wanted to inform you that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved the California Self-Determination Program Waiver. This program, as discussed in the June newsletter, will provide people (and their families) who receive services from the regional centers (Tri-County Regional Center for our individuals) an alternative way to coordinate their services. Program participants will be able to contract for services from their individual budgets, using either vendorized or non-vendorized providers. This change will allow for more freedom, along with accountability, in selecting services. For details, visit: http://www.tri-counties.org/self-determination-program/.

Thank you again for your continued support and have a wonderful summer. 

Sincerely,

Amy Evans
Devereux California Executive Director

 

 

Amy Evans

Amy Evans
Devereux California Executive Director

  

Ha Nguyen Receives Supervisor of Excellence Award

Congratulations to Devereux California Supported Living Services (SLS) program team member Ha Nguyen for receiving the organization’s Supervisory Excellence Award!

About Ha Nguyen: Ha was recognized for her outstanding leadership, staff development and follow-through on projects and duties. With incredible attention to detail and organizational skills, Ha leads a cohesive team of managers to new heights of quality and productivity. She is skilled in thoughtfully training managers to feel confident in their roles and serves as a role model with her consistent, positive and proactive approach to management. Ha is the rock-solid foundation of a large and diverse program, and we are lucky to have her leading our SLS program!

About the award: The annual Supervisory Excellence Award recognizes one direct care supervisor at each Devereux center for his or her commitment to our core values. Specifically, the award honors the supervisor’s demonstrated ability to foster personal and professional growth of his/her staff. In addition, the award recognizes the same supervisor for his/her demonstrated ability to provide appropriate and timely praise and recognition. Winners receive a $500 award and a congratulatory letter form Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II. Thank you for your dedication to Devereux California, Ha!

 

Amy Evans

(l-r) Ha Nguyen and Executive Director
Amy Evans

Devereux California Awarded $5,000 Grant from the Towbes Foundation

We are pleased to announce that Devereux California was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Towbes Foundation!

Funding from the grant will benefit our Supported Living Services program (SLS), which provides assistance to adults with disabilities who wish to live in their own homes. Individuals who participate in the SLS program have the opportunity to choose who they live with and where they live. Our team helps these adults build relationships within the community, develop inclusion practices and meet their daily living needs.

Our overarching goal is to help the individuals we serve live successfully within their communities and be as independent as possible!   
  

Save the Date: 18th Annual Devereux Day is August 11

Mark your calendars for Devereux California’s 18th Annual Devereux Day event on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

With the theme Carnival this special event celebrates our individuals, as well as their friends and families. Devereux Day will feature a Latin-inspired lunch, plus entertainment and games on the Devereux California lawn. During this event, the individuals we serve (who look forward to this day each year), have an opportunity to socialize and have fun with their loved ones in a relaxed setting.

Sponsorship Opportunities: We would like to offer some extra-special entertainment for our individuals during our Devereux Day event. If you would like to sponsor the following entertainers, please contact. Wendy Cooper, manager of External Affairs, at wcooper2@devereux.org.

  • Sponsor a Balloon Twister = $170 
  • Sponsor a Giant Bubble Show = $50 
  • Sponsor a DJ = $450 
  • Sponsor a Face Painter = $100 
  • Sponsor a Clown = $150

Hampton Inn in Old Town Goleta Offers Discount for Those Attending Devereux Day Event

hampton.gifThe Hampton Inn in Old Town Goleta is offering a 20 percent rate discount for friends and families of Devereux individuals attending our Devereux Day event! To book a room, please contact Sales Manager Kara Powers at (805) 682-9800, or e-mail her at kara.powers@hilton.com.

Web site: goleta.hamptoninn.com

 

Devereux California Welcomes New Staff  

Devereux wants to give a warm welcome to its new staff members!

  • Noelle Aviles, Marketing and Administration Assistant 

And a big welcome to our new Direct Support Professionals!

  • Sylvia Lee Williams, Weisman Center for the Elderly
  • Diana Ashley Reina, Somerset Group Home
  • Marlene Serrano, Mark Villa Home
  • Arlene Cassandra DaCosta, Weisman Center for the Elderly
  • Ainsley Rivera, Supported Living Services
  • Ixchel Ester Kadinoff Morfin, Mark Villa Home
  • Josue Emmanuel Trujillo, Adult Day Program
  • Ana Ramirez Mora, Supported Living Services North County
  • Jocelyn Casian, Supported Living Services
  • Brandanni Dujuan Miller, Supported Living Services
  • Andrea Marie Antoinette Martinez, Somerset Group Home
  • Ashley Ann Chambers, Adult Day Program

 

Noelle Aviles

  

How You Can Help …

Devereux California currently serves more than 90 individuals in our residential facilities, and their own homes, throughout the Santa Barbara community – and that number continues to grow. Thank you to our Devereux families, individuals, staff, Advisory Board members, donors and all those who make it possible to continue the mission of our founder – Helena Devereux.  

To support Devereux California with a gift, please contact the Office of External Affairs at (805) 879-0307. 

  

Join Our Team!

Inspiring. Meaningful. Rewarding. Fun.

To learn more about a rewarding career with Devereux California, visit our careers page at http://jobs.devereux.org. Full time employees have the opportunity to receive fantastic benefits, including generous paid time off; medical, vision, life, accident and dental insurance; and retirement benefits.

Search for positions in California to view the wonderful employment opportunities available for individuals who want to make a difference! Contact: Karina Lopez, recruitment specialist, at (805) 879-0319 or e-mail klopez3@devereux.org. 

  

Our Greenhouse and the Goleta Farmers Market

If you plan to visit the Goleta Farmers Market, make sure to stop by the Devereux California booth, where participants in our Adult Day Program will sell Succulent plants and herbs grown in our very own Devereux Greenhouse. Proceeds from all sales, after costs, are shared among the individual workers.

The Devereux Greenhouse is also open for sales on Friday mornings, from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., as part of our Adult Day Program.

  

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